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Out in Toronto: Jan 19–25, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

DJs Denise Benson (left) and Cozmic Cat (right) spin at Cherry Bomb: New Year! New Queers! edition on Jan 21, 2017 at Round. Credit: Courtesy Troy Manning

Thursday, Jan 19 

Mandy’s Music and Madness Show

The iconic, the inimitable, the talented, the loveable — have I hit my word limit yet? — Mandy Goodhandy hosts her very own variety show onstage. It’s got short interviews, sing-alongs, standup comedy and even an oboist. What does an oboe sound like? Come and find out. Takes place the third Thursday of each month. 

9pm–midnight. 120 Diner, 120 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Friday, Jan 20

Michael’s Rock Birthday 

Michael Erickson, one of the owners of the world’s oldest surviving LGBT bookshop, is celebrating his birthday and everyone is invited. DJ Nik Red spins ’70s and ’80s rock music at this rock-themed event. There are also cash prizes for the best ’70s and ’80s “rock outfits,” and some other prizes for stuff like dance moves.

9:30pm–2am. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook

House of Commons 

DJ KLR, a fixture in the queer party scene, launches a super fun — possibly even bangin’ — dance party. This new monthly event is all about house music and a very mixed crowd. DJ Mavis spins the opening set for the inaugural edition. The party is set to take place on the third Friday of each month at a stylish and cozy lounge.  

10:30pm–2:30am. Stori, 95 King St E.

Saturday, Jan 21

Women’s March on Washington: Toronto 

A mixed group of people come together to protest the results of the recent US presidential election. This is one of many such events taking place across North America during Donald Trump’s inauguration. With nearly 7,000 people indicating on the event’s Facebook page that they will attend, this should be a large gathering.

Noon–2pm. Queen’s Park. For more info, visit Facebook.

Cherry Bomb: New Year! New Queers!

One of the city’s longest-running and most loved queer women’s dance parties is back for 2017. DJs Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson spin. Come early for some quiet board games, stick around for the booty-shaking. It’s geared for women, but everyone is welcome. Takes place the third Saturday of each month in Kensington Market. 

10pm–3am. Round, 152 Augusta Ave.

Monday, Jan 23

Tipsy Knitting 

We’ve come a long way since raves, haven’t we? These days, instead of waiting around for the secret location of the next drug party to be announced, folks are just getting lightly pissed and knitting. Yes, knitting. Or, well, any other quiet little project you want to work on is good too. Just sip some booze and work alongside some similarly-inclined individuals.

5:30–7:30pm. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church  St.